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Table 8 Overview of the study population, comparing patients subjected to MEP diagnostics vs. all patients without MEP diagnostics, irrespective of study site

From: The clinical impact of multiplex PCR panel diagnostics in paediatric meningitis/ encephalitis: a bicenter cohort study

  MEP n = 63 no MEP n = 150  
Sex
 Male (n, %) 26 (41.3%) 81 (54.0%) p = 0.1
 Female (n, %) 37 (58.7%) 69 (46.0%)
Current age
 Median; IQR [years] 6.28; 1.01–13.3 6.39; 1.4–12.3 p = 1.0
 Range 0d-17.7y 0d-17.9y
 Neonates (n, %) 10 (15.9) 18 (12.0)
 Infants (n, %) 6 (9.5) 16 (10.7)  
General state at admission
 Good (n, %) 15 (23.8) 70 (46.7) p = 0.003
 Fair (n, %) 43 (68.3) 68 (45.3) p = 0.004
 Poor (n, %) 5 (7.9) 12 (8.0) p = 1.0
Body temperature at admission
 Median; IQR [°C] 37.3; 36.9–38.2 37.2; 36.7–38.3 p = 0.7
 Range [°C] 35.5–40.1 36.0–41.4
CrP at admission
 Median; IQR [mg/l] 2.0; 0.6–11.0 5.5; 0–33.0 p = 0.6
 Range [mg/l] 0–171.0 0–334.0
ICU/NICU at admission or during course of stay (n, %) 17 (27.0%) 23 (15.3%) p = 0.07
  1. The table contrasts the baseline parameters for both study sites, including general state at admission, body temperature and CrP. Furthermore, the number of ICU/NICU admissions is compared. P-values were added for descriptive reasons